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EquiPro

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  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (967)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    Keith says: "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    "A Story Unto Itself, Which I Really Enjoyed."
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    I read several reviews which gave me the impression that this story was somehow unfinished, that there was an unexpected cliff-hanger and/ or that this story ended abruptly without fulfilling the listener's expectations. I would like to assure people reading these reviews in order to make a decision about buying this book, that this is not the case. The title of this book is "Earth Unaware" and that is the story about which this book is written.

    Is this book a set-up for the next book to come? Yes. Of course. But it is also a story that can stand alone in many ways. There is a lot to know about what was going on when the Formics show up and this book is the starting point.

    To keep this review short, I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. I have listened to all of the "Ender" and "Ender's Shadow" series and I liked this book more than some of those. The reading is fantastic, as usual. I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (396)

    On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

    Erin says: "Uplifting?"
    "Ms. Smart is not a good writer or reader."
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    I purchased this book because I was interested in the story behind the headlines. I wasn't interested in the sensational portions of her tale, as I assumed that she was brutalized by this nut. Instead, I was interested in her insights into her experience and how she mentally handled being snatched, kidnapped and finally rescued. I was hoping for a book written and read by an adult. Instead, this book feels like it was written and read by a 14-year old.

    I have a very intelligent 15 year old daughter. The level of writing in this book is barely what I would expect if she were to write a book right now. The narrative is extremely immature and there are no real insights into her experiences. Her sentences are short and to the point and she repeats herself over and over again. After listening to nearly 2/3 of it, I simply was not able to finish listening to this book, even though I was very interested in her story. I have over 200 Audible books in my library and there are only two that I didn't finish. This is one of them.

    Ms. Smart is a terrible reader. I understand why she would want to read the book herself, but she's just not good. I don't know if a better reader could have saved this book, though.

    You're likely to get as much about this story from simply reading about it in the newspaper. Save your money and time for another Audible book.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Lightspeed Year One: From the Hugo Award Nominated Magazine

    • ABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Joe Haldeman, Nancy Kress, and others
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Emily Card, Gabrielle De Cuir, and others
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    Lightspeed is the critically acclaimed, online science fiction magazine edited by best-selling anthologist John Joseph Adams. Each month at lightspeedmagazine.com, top authors and brilliant new voices alike span the genre’s full spectrum, from near-future sociological science fiction, to star-spanning hard science fiction, and everything in between. This audiobook contains all the podcasts from Lightspeed's first Hugo-nominated year, performed by a host of star narrators.

    Stephen says: "Reader Beware!!!!"
    "Too Much Sci-Fi Torture Porn"
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    I purchased this book because of Orson Scott Card. I am a huge fan of his Ender/ Bean series and thought I might enjoy a collection of short stories to which he has given his support/ endorsement. I have to say that I disliked this collection overall. Several of the stories just bored me. Several felt incomplete or too short. The worst thing, however, was the abundance of what I can only describe as Sci-Fi Torture Porn.

    While I'm a big fan of fantasy, sci-fi and even to a certain extent, horror, there was just no reason to include several of these stories in this book as they have been done before, have been done better, and made for a disgusting read. I like Stephen King short story collections a lot, and in his collections, there are always a few stories that are just gross, but usually only at the end of the short and usually in a surprising way. In other words, I am able to enjoy his short story, even if repulsive, because it has something in it that is clever or surprising. In this case these grotesque stories whole point seems to disgust and horrify the reader endlessly. When the end of these stories came, I just felt used and as if the writers were just trying to manipulate me, rather than entertain or enthrall me with their tales.

    I would recommend a pass on this collection. There are much better collections out there with stories that are enthralling, entertaining and surprising, rather than just boring and/ or disgusting. Overall, the performances were fine or better, but couldn't make up for the material being.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2002)
    Performance
    (1827)
    Story
    (1812)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Cassandra says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Wonderful Story - bad narration by author"
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    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    I would not listen to this book again, although I might read it. I tend to listen to books I like over and over again, but Mr. Kings narration is not good. The story is wonderful, and I would like to get more out of it, but it's just not possible with his read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    I liked the "story within a story" format, which Mr, King has used before. Of course, I am a huge fan of The Dark Tower series, so I enjoyed my time with Roland and his Ka-Tet.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I'm so sorry that Mr. King chose to read this book himself. He's a wonderful writer, but a very poor audio performer. His voice, which is not a pleasant voice anyway, and the way that he performed the story was very distracting and actually put me to sleep several times, which never happens when I listen to a Stephen King novel!


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Stephen King, you will enjoy this story. However, beware that the author has done his own wonderful novel a disservice by reading it himself.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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